Chantz McClinic, 2019 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient


A native of Rome, Chantz   graduated from Darlington School and Wake Forest University.  As a member of the Wake Forest football team, he brought that experience and love of sports back to Rome and has been very involved in sports and other activities.

     At age 32 he has participated in activities  that include working with young people in a variety of

  • Youth Basketball Coach YMCA
  •  Coach with Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Dept.
  • Rome Youth League Football Coach
  • South Rome Development Committee Member
    – Property Development Committee
    – Early Learning Center Committee
  • Mentor Annie K. Davie Elementary School
  • Darlington School Alumni Council
  • Wake Forest University Deacon Club
  • YMCA Board Member
    – Executive committee, facilities
  • NYANYA Project in Tanzania building homes for grandmothers who are
    caring for foster children diagnosed with AIDS
  • Changed for Life Ministry Program

Chantz currently works as a team leader and Manufacturing  Supervisor at Southeastern Mills in Rome. Chantz and his wife, Whitney belong to Lovejoy Baptist Church.

Nominated by Cheryl Bishop, Linda Owens and Reverend Carey Ingram, they have said “Chantz gives his heart deeply and the impact he makes is significant in the lives of the boys he coaches. When he gives himself, he does so with his whole heart” ”


Jay Shell, 2018 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient

Jay Shell is not a lifetime Roman but you’d think he was by seeing the compassion he has for this community.

Moving to Rome 19 years ago, he has been involved in the following:

  • Downtown Development Authority as Promotion Chairman and Business Improvement Board
  • Floyd County Board of Education
  • Community Coach for Rome Floyd Parks and Rec
  • Leadership Rome
  • Owning a business on Broad Street (originally 333 on Broad, then Brewhouse and now Rome City Brewing Co.), Jay has often helped people on the street with food warm clothing or job opportunities.
  • Has hired bands to assist fund raisers such as: Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Cancer Navigators and The Heart of the Community.
  • Rome River Jam Concerts

Jay has been married to Melissa for 19 years. They have two children, Madalyn and Jaxson.

Nominators for Jay share: “Jay is the kind of person who not only makes you proud of how far Rome has come, but proud to be a Roman.”